Christmas is the most fun, joyous and merry holiday! Colorfully lit up Christmas trees, people shopping with bags full of gifts and goodies, the smell of gingerbread and eggnog wafting out from homes, and mistletoe hanging – a cozy and lovely holiday season awaits.
The season comes as a treat for bookworms with cozy and heartwarming Christmas-themed reads which heighten our experience. Add in romance and you’ve got the perfect recipe to dive into. Let’s look at some of the best romantic Christmas books which are adorable, fantastic, and splendid reads to add warmth to the season of joy.
1. The Certainty of Chance by Jacquelyn Middleton
London gives Madeleine Joy a chance to honor the memory of her best friend who wanted to visit London during the holiday season. Even though her original plans to visit her sister in Paris seem to be halted by this unexpected turn, she makes the best of it.
Along comes the cute cab driver and her companion on this journey, Julien Halliwell, whose personality helps Madeleine see life in a positive way. With detailed expressions, emotional bonding, and heartwarming feelings, this book is a wonderful read to cozy up with during the season.
2. A Lot Like Christmas by Jennifer Snow
A standalone in Jennifer’s Blue Moon Bay series, A Lot Like Christmas pairs up a bakery owner with an aversion to dating, Jessica Connolly, with travel lover, Dr. Mitch Jameson, who needs to get through the holidays in his small town before he can travel again.
What is to be seen is whether their bond made over hot chocolates and dessert deliveries can persist after the 25 days of Christmas are over. An unlucky at love female and a restless to stay in one place male come together in this quirky and adorable Christmas story.
3. Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
Holly is a young widow who takes a house-sitting job in a small town instead of celebrating Christmas. All she wants is to be alone to remember her husband on the anniversary of his death. Jude, the homeowner, is gruff and grumpy and also avoiding Christmas, which is why he’s not there.
But he unexpectedly has to come home and with the town snowed in, everyone is huddled together leading to the start of both confrontation and bonding. The town is alive with festivities, but can Holly and Jude add real happiness to their lives in this season of joy? A perfect Christmas novel that will make you curl up in a blanket.
4. Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson
Let It Snow is a fix-up novel with three separate stories culminating in one big climax. Each story follows the life of 3 different teenagers who experience a snowstorm in the town of Gracetown during Christmas.
The three stories are The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green, and The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle. Three teenagers, three different adventures, and one snowed-in Christmas town. The book is sweet, heartwarming, fun to read, and has also been adapted into a movie with the same name.
5. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Every reader’s favorite Shopaholic Becky Brandon is back, this time around Christmas. Although she has to host a family dinner at her home, something she is terrified to do. However, she has shopping to get her out of this mess (which actually turns into a bigger mess).
Juggling her husband’s gift, a fictional version of hygge, and her environmentalist sister in addition to a long, long, long list of shopping, Becky has to pull everything together and make the Christmas dinner a success. Can she?
6. A Winter Flame by Millie Johnson
With similarities to Trisha Ashley’s Twelve Days of Christmas, A Winter Flame has the protagonist Eve, who is heartbroken from her husband’s death and averse to the Christmas holidays. When her aunt leaves her in charge of an amusement park, she realizes that she has to either run it, or it will be transferred to the mysterious Jacque Glace.
He comes into her life as a cheerful, humorous fellow but she’s still skeptical of his presence in her aunt’s life. Can the magic of Christmas and the joys of running an amusement park bring these strange souls together?
7. All I Want For Christmas by Amy Silver
Three different women, having a different take on the trepidation they feel about the Christmas holidays, try to make the best of their situations. Bea, Olivia, and Chloe have little in common, but the small town they live in has made their paths cross.
Accidentally brought into each other’s lives through Bea’s renowned cafe, The Honey Pot, throughout the book all three women resort to making the best of their holidays and form a special connection. While not a romance, this chick-lit is sure to make you festive this season!
8. With Love At Christmas by Carole Matthews
The chaotic family Christmas is all too real. Juliet is dealing with an unemployed son, a pregnant daughter with her little boy, and Juliet’s “not together” parents being together for the holidays. And wait – is it becoming too much for her husband Rick?
With the festivities upon them, and the situation a ticking time bomb waiting to explode at any time, Juliet needs to keep her family from spiraling out of control. She wants her home to be filled “with love at Christmas” and she’ll do everything in her power to make it happen. A fun read with Carole’s tips on surviving a family Christmas included.
And now I will leave you to ponder which romantic and fun Christmas book you’ll be picking up (or rereading). Because you can never enjoy the best romantic Christmas books too many times during the holiday season to make it even more enjoyable. Stay warm!